Cheese

Cheese was first eaten by single-celled organisms on Earth around 4.2 to 4.0 Billion years ago. It is a fundamental aspect to the origin of life. Cheese landed on this planet via the comet Colby when it crashed into Earth’s crust spreading cheese particles around the globe. This created what scientists call the primordial soup. Single-celled organisms went on a feeding frenzy. With the over consumption of cheese some of these unicellular organisms combined with the living cells from the cheese. This was the first of the multicellular organisms. There is fossil evidence of this buried under the Great Wall Of China.

Get yourself some milk. Not your ordinary homogenised milk, get some un-homogenised milk, 2 litres of it. Warm it up to 30⁰C. Add some calcium chloride and white mould culture blend. Keep it at 30⁰C for 15 minutes. I made a water bath with an immersion circulator to hold the temperature.

Once the milk has “ripened” add in some rennet and let the milk set. This will take about an hour or 2. What is needed is a clean break. Tell my family I love them.

with a long bladed knife cut the curds into 1cm cubes. How you are supposed to do this while it is sitting in a pot beats me. Then scoop the curds into some cheese moulds.

Now let them drain, then after 2 hours flip them. Use some cheese cloth on the open end. Continue to flip them every hour for at least 5 hours.

Take them out of the moulds and leave them dry for a couple of days.

Put them in a container to mature.

This will take a while.

Bringing Home The Bacon

This follows on from my original Bacon post

Here it is. After turning it over pretty much every day for 7 days. I took it out of it’s bag, washed it off and soaked it in water for an hour.

While I was making Cornflakes I started the coals for the Weber and set it up for smoking. The target temp in the grill was 110°c. Once I got it there it was time to put on the pork belly and finish its transformation into bacon.

Now that that is done, sit back and wait for the internal temp of the meat to hit 68°c.

Remove and let cool.

Slice

Enjoy. I was told that once you try your own bacon you will make it again, and this is true for me. I will be doing this again and again.

Cornflakes

Invented when somebody used the wrong flour for pancakes when they were drunk. These crispy flakes have stopped 2 world wars and an alien invasion. The first superfood, Cornflakes have been around since biblical times and are mentioned in the first testament, making them the first ever commercially available product. Some say the sex trade is the oldest profession in the world. Not true, the Kellogg family have been selling cornflakes since man invented fire.


Excuse the spelling mistakes

If you have a good three hours to kill before breakfast make your own Cornflakes. Get these ingredients and combine them all except for half a cup of the polenta and mix it up real good. Then spread the batter onto a baking tray. With the remaining polenta add a small amount of water and make it into a type of bread crumb and sprinkle it on top of the batter.

Put it in the oven at 180°c for 15 minutes and then take it out and let cool. Turn the oven down to 160°c and break up the big cornflake on the tray into the more traditional type of flake you are used to.

Put it all back in the oven and wait another 45 minutes. Take them out let cool. Severe with milk and eat. Yum.

I found this out at alwaysorderdessert.com for the full rundown go there.